It is important that we contact as many CSes ASAP and get those imbalanced free envoys with as many as we can. So we need units. Barbs are a serious threat so we need units. (although once you get the hang of killing their scouts before they return to camp, it doesnt really seem all that bad.) While in earlier civs, getting settlers out ASAP and keep cranking as many as you can was key to growing a phenomenal empire, civ5 gave us reasons to hold back a bit and often wait till our city was size 3 or even size 4 before building our first settler. Civ6 seems to revert back to the old ways a bit. We want settlers asap. We need workers to make improvements for eureka bonusses. (im so used to stealing pretty much all my workers in civ5, i dont really know when i want to build them) Are early monuments worth it ? So, how many units do you think we should start out with ? My current impression is that scout-slinger-settler is a decent opening. Since early gold seems to be pretty good i civ6, i try to buy my first worker. After this, in the few games i played, i could push to keep building settlers, but each time it seemed there wasnt much space to settle anyway. My impression is that while in the early civs, early expansion was only limited by your own food/production, in civ5 it was limited by happiness and in civ6 it seems to be limited by space. I find that a bit unfortunate espescially because it is not something that would easilly be balanced in patches, at best maybe in an expansion.